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The complete Oxygen Plus (O+) product offering is available right here – at the online O+ Store. We’ll get your order to your door in just a few days.

You can also find O+ recreational oxygen products on the menu or in the gift shop and mini bar of luxury and boutique hotels in the U.S. and abroad. Oxygen Plus also elevates ski shops and other specialty recreation stores tucked away on a mountain top. Better spas and salons at sea-level – plus several travel, grocery, liquor and convenience stores – also carry Oxygen Plus.

For help in locating an O+ retailer near you, send us a message via Chat or Email O+.

The cells of the human body can only create energy if they have oxygen. And they must create energy to function. Oxygen research has shown that breathing increased oxygen-content air improves cognitive performance, including memory and reaction time. Research also shows recreational oxygen can help improve performance, endurance and recovery in sports. Most people who have tried Oxygen Plus (O+) report that they feel more alert and energetic after a few breaths of O+ oxygen. They often use it whenever they want to feel an invigorating boost - while traveling, in the morning, after or long day or late night out. 

Check out our reviews for actual O+ customer feedback on how Oxygen Plus helps elevate their everyday experience.

Exhale. With O+ in hand, press the actuator button to release the flow. Breathe in O+ through your mouth or nose. (Psst: Nose breathing is proven to be more effective). Exhale. Three to five breaths usually does the trick. It just depends on what you’re up to. Some people inhale the whole can in one go if they’re working or playing hard, or in environments with low oxygen content.

You may notice more oxygen flows out during the first few breaths than it does for the last few breaths. To accommodate getting more oxygen as the canister nears its end, simply increase the time you press down on the actuator, and take longer breaths.

The O-Stick shell of the O+ Elevate Pack flows gently and pretty evenly – on the first go 'til nearly the last – with its designer, easy-pull lever. The O+ Mini, O+ Skinni and O+ Biggi are equally oxygen-power-packed, however they have a different release, and thus flow, than the refillable O-Stick. For this reason, you may have to press the button or trigger of an O+ Mini, O+ Skinni or O+ Biggi more firmly – and for less time – on your first few hits than you will on the last.

Each person’s response to breathing enriched oxygen will be different. The O+ experience is not equivalent to an energy rush from a shot of caffeine or other energy stimulant. After a few breaths, you should feel invigorated — either a mental or physical boost or a sense of calm. If you were to ascend to an elevation 3,000 feet or higher than your normal elevation, the effect of breathing O+ would be more noticeable, both physically and mentally. If you’re using O+ oxygen for intense exercise, you’ll likely find you perform better, feel stronger and more alert, and that you’ll have less exhaustion after working out.

If you’re not feeling the benefits of breathing O+, try taking more frequent, shorter breaths, and don’t hold the breath of oxygen in your lungs longer than you would when taking a normal deep breath. Note that your overall health and physicality, in addition to proper usage, play into how much O+ your body needs to feel the effects of breathing O+.

First of all, make sure you're properly breathing Oxygen Plus. 1) Exhale. 2) Inhale O+, as you press the actuating button. 3) Exhale. 4) Repeat, as desired.

In general, we suggest you use O+ when you're active – mentally or physically – and want a boost.

If you’re breathing Oxygen Plus products correctly, but are still not “feeling” the effects in your mind or body, it could be one of the following reasons:

1) Your body’s oxygen levels may already be optimal – or what’s considered “normal, healthy” oxygen levels (96-99% SpO2). 

2) You may not be inhaling enough O+ oxygen. Your body’s oxygen levels may be significantly lower than what the standard recommendation (3 to 5 deep breaths) is meant to replenish. If this is the case, simply inhale more Oxygen Plus through your mouth or your nose until you feel more like you again – and have restored your body’s oxygen levels to 96-99% SpO2.

If you want some guidance in learning when – and how much – Oxygen Plus your body needs to elevate your everyday life, pick up an oximeter (available for purchase at the O+ Store) until you’ve trained your body to recognize when it’s oxygen depleted.

All Oxygen Plus (O+) oxygen canisters are 100% recyclable after use. The small plastic O+ sources for its products to work are made of the most recyclable plastic, are also recyclable, and are BPA-free.

Environmentally thoughtful and perfect for everyday use, the O-Stick dispensing shell (available with the O+ Elevate Pack) is reusable and refillable. Simply load in a new recyclable O+ Refill into the O-Stick shell, and recycle the old. (Completely empty an O+ canister before recycling).

Sourcing our components as close to home as possible, Oxygen Plus is dedicated to elevating the world with the best pure recreational oxygen with a minimal carbon footprint.

Oxygen Plus is designed to be lightweight and portable for optimum convenience. Our manufacturing technology – which compresses O+ oxygen in its durable aluminum canisters – provides a lot of oxygen per canister volume.

In case you’ve heard otherwise, oxygen is not weightless: The gas is very lightweight (like ambient air) with an atomic mass of 15.999 u.

FYI, shaking the canister does not tell you whether it's empty or full. Press the actuating button to be sure. The canister is completely empty – and can be recycled according to local regulations – when the oxygen flow stops while the actuating button is depressed.

Note: The oxygen flows stronger with a new canister, and dispenses more slowly as you use the canister. 

If you still have questions, reach out. We’re here to offer tips on how to optimize your O+ experience.

Under normal atmospheric conditions, ambient air contains 21% oxygen. That’s without considering the presence of compromised or polluted air. Oxygen Plus (O+) products are enriched with a much higher concentration of oxygen – nearly five times the normal air we breathe.

“Recreational oxygen,” a term that has become somewhat synonymous with "supplemental oxygen," "portable oxygen," and “canned oxygen,” essentially applies to any oxygen product that is neither medical oxygen nor industrial oxygen. A stationary oxygen bar would also be considered recreational oxygen even though the oxygen creation process and purity differs from quality canned oxygen products.

Made in a FDA-registered facility and sourced with Aviator Breathing Oxygen (ABO) – which is the same oxygen pilots breathe – Oxygen Plus is the most pure oxygen on the market. While difficult to measure the actual amount you may inhale, the percentage of oxygen in each canister of Oxygen Plus contains 99.5% oxygen. That's why Oxygen Plus products are proudly referred to as "pure recreational oxygen."

Good question. Check out all of the research and studies about O+, recreational oxygen and supplemental oxygen on our oxygen research page to learn about the science behind the benefits of breathing enriched oxygen.

It is our experience that a high-quality pulse oximeter is a great tool to "read" your blood-oxygen saturation levels (SpO2) – before, during and after you breathe Oxygen Plus (O+). It's a great way to spot check if your oxygen levels are low, and see when you're topped off. If you're new to using O+ in your daily life, it can be especially helpful to put an oximeter on your finger while you're inhaling O+ so you can see where you are, see it increase, and see when you've reach optimal oxygen levels (which normally falls between 96 to 100 percent SpO2).

Usually an SpO2 reading increases with each breath of O+, if and as the product is properly inhaled. However, we cannot guarantee this experience happens every time because there are too many variables we cannot control (e.g., the oximeter may not be functioning properly, an individual may not be using O+ properly). Please note O+ products, as well as the use of an oximeter with O+ products, is intended only for recreational use and is not a medical or lifesaving device. Thus, we cannot make any statements about a medical condition and any medically-related use of an oximeter with O+ products (see “PRECAUTION” on the canister).

Each O+ product works a little differently, and offers various sizes and number of breaths that will invigorate and sustain various activities. The O-Stick, which is the refillable shell in the O+ Elevate Pack, flows gently – even on the first go – with an easy push of a button. The O+ Mini and O+ Skinni are equally portable, however they have a different actuator or button that dispenses the oxygen than the O-Stick. For this reason, you may have to press the button of an O+ Mini, O+ Skinni more firmly on your first few hits. The O+ Biggi – our largest product to date – has a trigger instead of a button that dispenses the oxygen, and is perfect for when you want more oxygen on the go. In every oxygen spray, you may notice more oxygen is released during the first few breaths than in the last few breaths. To  accommodate, simply increase the time you press down on the release valve and breathe in a little longer. Check out our Compare Products chart to see which O+ products best suit you and your active lifestyle.

O+ products can easily fit in a purse, pack or briefcase with room to spare. Whether in a bar, the subway or in a stale office environment with poor air quality, the portability of O+ products offers the convenience of a sleek design that travels with you.

We generously define an O+ breath or a “deep” breath as equaling approximately two seconds long. The way other recreational canned oxygen companies define a breath varies. Some define a breath as one second long. So, keep this in mind if you’re shopping for oxygen products. You might be interested to know an accurate way to compare products is to look at the volume of oxygen per canister volume – or the price per liters (litres) in a canister. Oxygen Plus products offer more oxygen per can volume than any other canned oxygen of comparable-sized canisters on the market.

Your body is designed to function on 21% oxygen in the air you breathe. Polluted or stale air usually contains less than 21% oxygen, which can impede optimal functioning of your cells. Most importantly, your brain cells are the first affected, resulting in impaired reaction time and judgment. For natural energy and recovery, active, wellness-minded people who work and play hard breathe Oxygen Plus to restore depleted oxygen levels to optimal levels. Since it is difficult to monitor atmospheric oxygen, we suggest trying a few quick breaths of O+ to help you feel mentally sharper, more alert and energetic.

O+ can be used every day. We recommend using O+ any time you may be experiencing depleted oxygen levels – i.e., at a higher elevation, during and after intense exercise, where air pollution and stale air are prevalent, after a late night out. Note that all Oxygen Plus products are for recreational, intermittent use only. Prolonged use is defined as uninterrupted intake for more than 8 hours. WARNING: Persons with any type of health or medical condition should consult their physician prior to use of products.

The benefits of supplemental oxygen have varying durations, depending on the individual and the benefit. The feeling of alertness and mental clarity has been shown to last several minutes. Often the “feelings” of using supplemental oxygen depend on what you’re doing, your starting blood oxygen level, and how well you are breathing, among other things. 

Portable and lightweight, you can always top off depleted oxygen levels to optimal when you're on the go.

Traveling by air can lower your body’s oxygen saturation levels by as much as 12%. A few deep breaths of O+ after a long flight can help you get where you’re going refreshed. You can have your O+ shipped directly to your destination – if it’s not already in the hotel mini bar. Currently, commercial airline passengers are not allowed to bring canned recreational oxygen in checked or carry-on luggage.

Although the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere is uniform at all elevations, lower barometric pressures at higher altitudes allow all molecules in the air to expand so each breath contains fewer oxygen molecules. The larger molecule problem can be counteracted by increasing the oxygen concentration of the air you breathe or by acclimatizing to the higher elevation over a period of weeks. Not being acclimatized can result in shortness of breath during exertion, hyperventilation, and more. During use, O+ products can supply a higher concentration of oxygen that simulates being at lower altitude.

Oxygen Plus canisters are very durable. They are made from extremely thick aluminum and are designed and able to withstand extremely high pressure – including the increased pressure at higher elevation.

As long as the canister is not exposed to heat (e.g. a canister is left in a hot car) above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you’re good to go. This important extreme heat precaution is listed on each canister for safety.

You may notice the flow of oxygen is different – perhaps a bit slower – at extremely high elevation because oxygen molecules become less dense as atmospheric pressure decreases. We suggest bringing a handful of O+ oxygen on your next mountain adventure to elevate your experience.

Not advised. Although oxygen gas is non-flammable, a compressed oxygen canister vigorously accelerates fire and flames. In case you’re wondering, the cylinders worn by firefighters contain normal, ambient air.

Each O+ oxygen product states “Best by 24 months from fill date” on the canister. The fill date is located on the bottom of each canister. While the gas of oxygen itself never expires, we added this "shelf life" or product lifespan timeframe to ensure you're completely satisfied with the value of your purchase well beyond the typical time you'd finish a canister. After 24 months, O+ products will still work and are safe to use if stored as directed, however a user may experience slightly fewer “breaths.” FYI, a canister that's been opened or used does not expire any faster than an unopened canister.

To provide more detail, while the oxygen content inside the canister does not degrade over time, there is a possibility that a slight loss of pressure in the canister may occur after a 24 month period due to atmospheric pressure and temperature changes. That is why it is important that the product is stored properly in a cool, dry place and does not exceed 49° C/ 120° F.  Oxygen Plus stability testing has shown the contents of O+ products (pure recreational oxygen) retain integrity well after the 24 month period.

O+ is a recreational product intended solely for intermittent use. (Prolonged use is defined as uninterrupted intake for more than 8 hours). Since O+ is not a medical product or intended for medical use, it is neither regulated nor approved by the FDA. Setting the bar in recreational oxygen, Oxygen Plus is the only company that manufacturers its products in a clean room at a FDA-registered facility, producing each canister of oxygen with strict manufacturing processes that offer the assurance our customers are breathing the very best.

O+ is safe for healthy people of all ages when using the product as directed. As the canister is pressured with a compressed, oxidizing gas, it is recommended that children use it with adult supervision as a safety precaution. People with impaired heart or lung function or other medical conditions should consult with their physician prior to using O+ products. O+ products are for recreational, intermittent use only. Prolonged use is defined as uninterrupted intake for more than 8 hours.

There are no side effects when O+ products are used as directed.

While it varies based on your shipping location, Oxygen Plus (O+) Standard shipping time is between 5 to 12 business days, and our Expedited shipping time spans 2 to 7 business days. FYI, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires oxygen canisters to ship via ground transportation.

Shipping to a P.O. Box:

We can ship to a P.O. Box, however only via our Standard shipping option. The Expedited shipping option cannot be received at a P.O. Box and will be returned to sender.

Shipping to Non-Standard Mail Addresses:

Be sure to select our Expedited shipping option if do not get regular, daily USPS (U.S. Mail Delivery) mail at your address. Orders for which this Expedited shipping is required include: “Addresses with no mail receptacles, addresses for which delivery was never requested, remote addresses miles from established routes, abandoned addresses and non-occupied dwellings.”

Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico:

While the U.S. Department of Transportation requires orders to ship via Ground in the U.S., shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico is possible, yet may be cost prohibitive. Contact O+ if you're interested.

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We are temporarily unable to ship to Canada. However, we are currently working on resolving this, and expect to resume shortly. Contact Us with your name and email address and we will be in touch as soon as we resume shipping to Canada.

Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico is possible, but may be cost may be prohibitive. Residents of Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico wanting a small shipment, please call us at (866) 675-8711 or email O+ at orders@oxygenplus.com before placing an online order to determine shipping cost and availability. 

Wholesalers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico with interest in establishing an account, please reach out via email and we'll find a solution.

International wholesalers, please reach out and our International Team will reach out to you via email within a few business days. Please include your Name (first and last), Company Name (if applicable), Country data, and an email address when you Contact Us.

Yes, we can ship to a P.O. Box, however the order must ship via FedEx SmartPost, which is the Standard shipping option. The Expedited shipping option, which is FedEx Ground, will not ship to a P.O. Box and will be returned to sender.

Oxygen Plus believes in providing the highest standard of quality in its products and we put our money where our mouth is by offering a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee if you purchase through oxygenplus.com. Just let us know why you're not happy with your order along with your order details and we'll go from there!

The first consumer-friendly recreational oxygen company to evolve, Oxygen Plus (O+) proudly remains the pioneer and market leader of portable, recreational oxygen products worldwide.

O+ products are sleek, compact, durable, lightweight, and push-button ready-to-use. Our flagship product – The O+ Elevate Pack, featuring the O-Stick and O+ Refills – is so simple to use and replace it’s like changing batteries in a flashlight. The O+ Mini, O+ Skinni and O+ Biggi are designed for portability and style - so they can go wherever you go – anytime you need a lift of pure energy and recovery.  Oxygen Plus products offer more high-quality oxygen per volume – and thus value – than any other comparable-sized oxygen product on the market – worldwide. Available in a variety of sizes, packs and consumer-friendly prices, Oxygen Plus goes further to ensure O+ goes where you go.

Oxygen Plus, Inc. meets and exceeds the industry standards for product development and manufacturing in order to ensure you have a safe and functional product in hand while you’re on the go. Setting the bar in recreational oxygen, Oxygen Plus is the only company who manufactures its product in a clean room at a FDA-registered facility. O+ products are designed, engineered, assembled, filled and quality-controlled in the U.S.A. These commitments, supported by a fun, creative, energetic, women-owned and operated brand-loving team from the heartland of the Midwest, is what sets O+ apart from "the competition."

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